The first round of the BMW Championship with an $8 million prize fund was held on Thursday, and South African-born English golfer Justin Rose spared no effort to complete it successfully. The 31-year-old golfer recorded an eight-under-par 63 and claimed the lead in the opening round.
However, Rose will have to sweat if he wants to hold on to the lead and make it to the FedExCup standings top 30 which will allow him to get a berth to the final event in the $10 million FedEx Cup that will be held in Atlanta next week.
Before the third out of four of the PGA Tour playoff events, Rose has practically no hope as he was outside of the top thirty. This is why he felt no pressure and played with nothing to lose at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club. And now, after his brilliant performance, he feels like he still has a chance.
After finally claiming two wins on the PGA Tour last year, Rose did not manage to repeat his achievement in 2011.
He has made it to the top ten four times this season. Rose’s highest result so far is third place at the Arnold Palmer Invitational but the golfer’s performance has always been highly inconsistent. After he missed the PGA Championship cut, Rose took sixth place at The Barclays but then settled for 68th position at this month’s Deutsche Bank Championship.
Now the golfer hopes that after a session with swing coach Sean Foley who is also training Tiger Woods, this year’s trophy drought will end for him.